You Can Drum But You Can't Hide
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Among the many near-mythical figures of the Manchester music scene, he's known as the Nearly Man. You'd expect a drummer to have better timing.

- Yes, he parted ways before The Patrol became the Stone Roses.
- Yes, he turned down The Smiths.
-Yes, Noel Gallagher asked if he fancied joining his band.

Right place, right time, wrong choices? Timing is everything. But the beat goes on and while Simon Wolstencroft can see what might have been, cultivating bitterness bears no fruit. And 'Funky Si' has tasted the nectar.

Spending an unlikely 11 years in The Fall and hooking up with his old mate Ian Brown during his solo days, You Can Drum But You Can't Hide reflects on a life driven by a passion for playing.

Taking you from the warehouses of Manchester and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the high rises of Tokyo, this book hands you a backstage pass to an evocative age that restored pride to the city of Manchester. With humour and detail, Si's memoir recounts a fascinating tale of drumming and drugs, friendships and fall outs, but, above all, a love of music.


Simon Wolstencroft is a musician from Manchester, England, best known for playing drums with The Fall between 1986 and 1997. Wolstencroft was a member of The Patrol, an early incarnation of The Stone Roses with childhood friends Ian Brown and John Squire. He was also the drummer for Freak Party which featured Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke. After leaving The Fall, he went on to reunite with Stone Roses singer Ian Brown, performing and co-writing on his Golden Greats album.

Simon's memoir is out now in paperback and e-book (Strata Books). Visit the publisher's website to hear Si reading extracts from the book and hear exclusive music tracks including early The Patrol.


"Manchester. Music. Mayhem. A top story! Si tells it as it was. Well worth reading." --Ian Brown

"... this punchy and addictive memoir [ ] proves as endearing and self-effacing as Wolstencroft himself. " -- The Quietus

"As his brilliant memoir You Can Drum But You Can't Hide reveals, he's seen and done all of the rock n' roll clichés and has some wonderful stories to show for it" --

"Essential" -- Vive le Rock!